So I get this phone call
Tom Perkins: Hey, Chris. Wanna buy a boat? Its only 233 million dollars. Check out the picture
Me: Looks pretty. Sure, why not. But Im gonna have to give it a float first.
The last thing I remember is seeing this on the radar
And then I ended up here
And so the saga begins
Ship sinking: washed ashore 10 items
The first would be my 233. This is the watch that got me back into Panerai and with an 8 day power reserve I wont have to wind it daily.
The second would be my Franck Muller, which I wore on my wedding day. Great looking watch and with great sentimental meaning.
Of course on a deserted island you would need some island music so my first song is an island classic, or at least the name is
St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins on the magnificent Saxophone Colossus album
My second song is actually in three parts. It is the Concierto Andaluz for Four Guitars and Orchestra performed by the Romeros and the San Antonio Symphony. This music just brings a smile to my face and on a deserted island who couldnt use a smile on their face?
My book of choice is one that I truly love, The Count of Monte Cristo. What a phenomenal story about love and determination and revenge. A great read and a wonderful way to pass the time.
The movie was so obvious my wife guessed it right away. It is my favorite movie and has one of my favorite scenes
The movie is Breaking Away
The photograph was tough for me as I take a lot of pictures and they all have meaning. I think the one that I would want to have with me would be this one
It would remind me of home.
The one memory is easy. Forgive me for going on with this one, but it was a special time for me so here it is
The night I got engaged.
I had it all planned out how I was going to propose: one night on the Brooklyn Bridge looking into Manhattan. I was planning on picking up the ring on Friday and then waiting until the following week to pop the question. I remembered my dad telling me that when he got engaged to my mom that once he had the ring in his possession he couldnt wait and did it immediately. When I picked up the ring, I felt the same way. Change of plans
It was raining that Friday night and I wanted to do it in a place that would always be there for us to remember especially since all of the other significant places in our relationship (the place we met, the first real date) were gone. I chose the American Museum of Natural History on the upper west side. It was a special place for us; we used to sit on their benches in front of the entrance and smoke cigars. My wife was dancing on Broadway at the time and I arranged to meet her at the subway after the show to go get wine for a GTG we were having with friends that weekend. I had a terrible cold and the weather didnt help. I had the ring in my pocket and my hand on top of it the entire time to make sure I didnt lose it.
I met her at the subway and persuaded her to go for a walk with me in the rain. She loves the rain so that was easy. We wound our way through the streets of Manhattan and eventually wound up at the back of the museum. I asked her if she wanted to sit on the benches like we used to do and she said sure. We made our way to the front of the building and I had planned to go up under the entry, out of the rain to propose. As we got there I noticed that there were a bunch of homeless people all camped out where I wanted to propose! I started to get nervous and was a little frustrated. Here I am with the ring and my hand in my pocket, holding an umbrella with this great idea of popping the question in a very sentimental place for us and it was all getting messed up. I started to think about doing it another night and was trying to figure out how to get to the liquor store for the wine and back home without her noticing the bulge in my pocket when my wife suggested that we just sit on one of the benches in the rain. I was thinking ok this is going to be it. As she sat down I knelt down in front of her, holding the umbrella above her head and proposed.
Needless to say, we still have that umbrella and Im not allowed to use it ever again. That is the one memory that I will always hold on to.
As for my meal, it would have to be one that my grandmother made. Her lasagna, meatballs and gravy were unsurpassed. And the chocolate cream pie was fantastic. Unfortunately, my wife was only able to sample one of her fabulous meals before my grandmother passed. She was a big fan of her eggplant parmigiano. I wish I had pictures of the fabulous food to share with you, but of course it wouldnt come close to the taste. She has truly been missed.
The one person would be my wife. Who else is gonna cook???
No, really, she is my best friend and my best travel companion. She is the one I want to wake up with and the one I want to fall asleep with. I couldnt think of another person I would want to be stuck with on an island.
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